Published On: Sun, Sep 2nd, 2012

Coast guard intercepts 135 kilo cocaine near St. Kitts

WILLEMSTAD - The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard intercepted 135 kilos of cocaine during a patrol near St. Kitts and Nevis. The drugs presumably originated from the sailing vessel the “Sinestra Prove”.

The station ship, the HMS Tromp is currently conducting coastguard duties in the Caribbean. During a patrol in the vicinity of St. Kitts and Nevis, the sailing vessel "Sinestra Prove" was detected and investigated by members of the ship's boarding team members of the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard Caribbean and a liaison officer of St. Kitts, who was on board in the context of regional cooperation. Samples were taken on board the vessel and investigated for the presence of contraband. This was done three times and in each case the result was positive. On this basis, the sailing ship and the crew were arrested and brought to the port of Basseterre for further investigation.

During this action saw a crewmember of HMS Tromp saw bales floating in the water. The board helicopter from HMS Tromp - a Belgian Alouette III - went airborne to investigate the area to investigate and a RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) of HNLMS Tromp was sent to pick up the bales. Finally, a total of six bales of cocaine with an estimated weight of 135 kilos were picked out the water. Presumably these bales were on board of the previously detained yacht. The crew of the "Sinestra Prove" was arrested and transferred with the bales of cocaine, to the authorities of St. Kitts for further investigation.

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